Celebrate this event with your children. Take them to the library today and read aloud to them. Or let them read to you. The National Education Association's website announcement for this special day says, "You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child."
My youngest granddaughter learned to read in kindergarten. Her mother discovered she could read when her daughter said, "Sit down, Mom. I want to read this book to you," and she did!
After her bedtime that night my daughter discovered her daughter under the covers, reading with the help of a flashlight. My husband, a teacher and administrator with sixty years experience told her, "Don't punish her, encourage her," and admitted he'd done the same thing when he was young.
Reading opens too many doors to count. We moved to California when my oldest daughter was in second grade. Twice a week the Bookmobile stopped for three hours only two blocks from our house and as soon as everyone came home from school I'd load the youngest ones in a stroller and walk my four girls to the bookmobile. The oldest one had her own library card and was allowed to check out 5 books at a time. She read those books and went back to return them and check out 5 more before the bookmobile left for the day, while I carried 10 home for the rest of us to share.
She'll soon be retiring and still reads a book or two a day. Her husband devours books, too.
She's a speed reader (I wish I was, too.) When we camped in the desert at Tamarisk Grove she'd climb up in a tree to read and pay her sisters to bring her snacks and sodas. Later, she inroduced me to romance novels and I becamed hooked on reading them.
I read everything I can get my hands on. Is it any wonder I also write?